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God's Own Country

(2008)
(Out Backward)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
'Ramblers. Daft sods in pink and green hats. It wasn't even cold. They moved down the field swing-swaying like a line of drunks, addled with the air and the land, and the smell of manure.' This is the voice of our narrator, Sam Marsdyke, the teenage son of a farmer up on the Yorkshire Moors. He spends his days working the sheep, mending fences, trying to dodge the eye of his brutal, silent father, and most of all, watching the transformation of the farms and villages around him. From the top of the moors he watches the goofy ramblers and the earnest 'towns', the families from York, who are feverishly buying up the farmhouses left empty by bankrupt farmers.And as he watches, one young daughter of a new family catches his eye. As he falls for the young, sophisticated girl from London, she begins to see him as a means to escape. She wants to rebel against her parents and he wants to fulfil the fantasy he harbours about her and so they run away together. But this journey across the moors will take a terrifying menacing turn which, for him, will prove his terrible undoing.

Sam Marsdyke is an unforgettable character at the heart of this extraordinary novel, a novel that is hugely funny, darkly menacing and will resonate long after you have finished the last page.

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"Ross Raisin’s story of how a disturbed but basically well-intentioned rural youngster turns into a malevolent sociopath is both chilling in its effect and convincing in its execution." - J M Coetzee


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June 2008 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Out Backward
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 1-55468-022-0 / 978-1-55468-022-1 (Canada edition)
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March 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: God's Own Country
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ISBN: 0-670-91734-6 / 978-0-670-91734-1 (USA edition)
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 0-14-103352-5 / 978-0-14-103352-5 (UK edition)
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July 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Out Backward
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ISBN: 0-06-144875-3 / 978-0-06-144875-1 (USA edition)
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January 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: God's Own Country, Large Print
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 1-4074-3865-4 / 978-1-4074-3865-8 (UK edition)
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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